DC power for tv

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  1. Jonybakery

    Jonybakery Read Only Funster

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    Hey everybody,

    Thanks to everyone who has responded to my posts, its helped me out no end.

    Another question! I've just bought a 12 volt tv which came with a cig adapter. I don't want to have the engine running when watching tv but would like to run it from the leisure battery. In the kitchen area there seems to be a DC socket (would take a 3 pin plug I think). Is it possible to get a plug on the tv lead instead of the cig adapter? If so where can you get them?

    Cheers
    Jon
     
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    Or an adapter like this or this. Depends which type of socket you have.

    Your local caravan shop will probably have them as well as eBay. They are normally on sale at shows as well.

    Graham
     
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    That looks like a european type, what van is it ??
     
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    that socket in your m/h is a standard german schuko 240 volt one !

    haven't you got any that look like a thinner cigar lighter fitment?
     
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    My thoughts as well, suggest you put a meter on it and check voltage!:Eeek:

    Peter
     
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    thats definately a 230v schuko socket.

    you need one of these.

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    or an arcitrive version...

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    and a plug like this...

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    personal choice but i use one of these gadgets.

    12v stabilised power supply for LCD TV's.

    running on 12v when on hookup can produce up to 14v and LCD TV's don't like higher voltages than 12v unless they are specific, made for motorhome tv's....Avtex etc

    12v stabiliser
     
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    and a 12v supply!!!!!!!

    Peter
     
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    That definitely is a 240v supply, if you already have the cig lighter type of plug on the T.V. why don`t you just put a 12v supply to a cig lighter socket and then you can charge your phone and anything else that uses the standard 12v socket.

    Saves having to buy sockets and plugs.
     
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    :Doh: very good point peter.
     
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    I had a feeling it wasn't a DC output but the previous owner convinced me it was! I haven't found sockets yet but will keep trying.

    In one of the cupboards an inverter is wired to the battery so I might remove the inverter and attach a cig adapter instead!

    Cheers
    Jon
     
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    Although it seems to be a mains socket I think it is worth a check with a multimeter to see what, if anything, is available there. Especially as the previous owner said it was 12 volts, he may have rewired it to the battery. Better safe than sorry.

    Phil.
     
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    was thinking the very same thing phil.

    if it has been converted i'd change it for a proper 12v socket then anything 12v can be plugged in.
     
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    That's a great idea. Is it easy to do? My Cig lighter works when the engine is off and the previous owner installed a 4 cig adaptor, could this mean that it has already has a 12v supply?

    Thanks
     
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    Depends which socket(s) you mean.

    If it is the one built into the dash/console then it is likely to be running off the vehicle battery.

    If the 4 cig adapter is installed in the living area and not plugged into the dash socket then it could well be wired from the leisure battery - you might be able to trace the wiring back.

    Your TV should be run from the leisure battery, not the vehicle battery.

    Graham
     
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    The 4 cig adaptor plugs into the dashboard cig socket. The cig socket on the dashboard still works with the engine on. Damn I wish i knew more about this!
     
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    Why remove the inverter just take spur for the 12v line and add a fused line to a socket.
     
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    what make of motorhome did you say this is ?
     
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